Teenager Lee gives his elders a fishing lesson
Roy WebsterFishing against adults held no fears for young Lee Bambridge who won his first ever angling competition with the Long Stratton Club on Sunday. The keen fourteen-year-old was drawn at the top end of Swangey Lake and opted to fish a waggler float rig to defeat the windy conditions.Roy Webster
Fishing against adults held no fears for young Lee Bambridge who won his first ever angling competition with the Long Stratton Club on Sunday.
The keen fourteen-year-old was drawn at the top end of Swangey Lake and opted to fish a waggler float rig to defeat the windy conditions.
Baiting with sweetcorn five metres from the bank he tempted bream to 7 lb and a splendid tench of 5 lb 8oz to weigh in 29 lb 13 oz, thus beating father Wal into 2nd spot with 28 lb 1oz.
"Seems I have beaten the old boys," sniggered the triumphant Long Stratton High School pupil when the numbers were added up.
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"I am getting this on Facebook as soon as I get home so my school mates will know".
For father Wal there was simply no escape as the news of his defeat to his junior did the rounds.
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'The boy cannot stop talking about it and logged it on to almost every available website.
'For me there is no hiding place, it seems the whole world knows about my defeat," he commented.
"Deep down I am delighted that Lee is setting an example to the younger generations of which far too few are taking up our sport."
Top match bag of the weekend fell to Stuart Bracey whose 144 lb 14 oz boosted his Dynamite squad into top spot at the Hinderclay Teams of Three challenge with 11 penalty points to beat the host team Hinderclay by one point.
The first Barford evening event was a popular success, the winner of the three-hour effort was Paul Gardiner (Barford Tackle) with 91 lb 4 oz.
In the Junior Pole Championships staged on the Dents of Hilgay Lakes, King's Lynn beat off a strong challenge from Suffolk County and Nisa Waveney to lift the title with 11 penalty points while also chalking up the top individual Toby Pepper with 37 lb 3 oz.
Among the club's, top catch fell to Odd Fellows winner at Barford Paul Gardiner with 121 lb 2 oz but by contrast Norwich Union's hopes of making the semi-finals of the National Club Knockout Tournament were dashed in a three-way clash at Head Fen Fishery won by Hunstanton Tackle with 14 penalty points.
Martham's fund-raising effort for Cancer Research on the club pits was a resounding success, the charity earning �400.
Senior winner was Paul Sparks with a new venue record of 76 lb 6 oz and top junior was Scott Watson with 7 lb 14 oz with carp, bream, tench and roach all featuring.
Quality carp on the big fish waters were scarce, mainly because the huge females were spawning.
Norwich regular Guy Sherwood bagged a bumper brace at Taswood- a mirror at 31 lb 1 oz and a ghostie of 30 lb 4 oz.
Other mirrors, commons and grass carp in the twenties were caught by Norwich rods Daniel Warhurst and Carlo Dei-Rocini and to Chris Browne of Horsford and James Dawson, Long Stratton.
Only four anglers posted up decent fish at the Lyng, Kingfisher lake- Stu Davison of Buxton, a mirror of 32 lb 12 oz and two others on 24 lb, Rob Jermy of Bintree a mirror of 25 lb 15 oz, Jim Kimberley of Wells a trio to 27 lb and Luke Prest, Norwich a common of 20 lb.
Taverham lake gave up a 27 lb common for Hellesdon's Simon Weir and another of 21 lb for Keith Ashman of Aylsham.
Hall Farm, Burgh Castle relinquished numerous carp in the teens, 30 of them to Steve Aldous of Gorleston whose best was 16 lb while Darrell Qualters of Yarmouth netted 15 fish to 19lb.
On the tench scene Bawburgh Lakes continued its fine reputation with a wonderful specimen of 11lb 8 oz for Norwich specialist Darryn Stolworthy - just 1oz short of the venue record.
� The new bye-laws governing fish removal reached the statute book yesterday.
They will limit anglers on free waters to taking just one pike per day up to 65 cm in length (approx 5 lb) for culinary purposes, also up to two grayling between 30 cm and 38 cm and 15 fish of all other main native species not exceeding 20 cm (8 inches) for use as livebaits, dead baits or for the family table.
Angling clubs and riparians may enforce their own rules but all rod-caught eels from all waters including estuaries must be returned to the water.
There are no restrictions on the number of alien fish species, for example zander, that may be taken away from the water; indeed until the laws are amended it remains illegal to release any alien fish back into the water.